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Brendan Eich made a donation in support of California’s anti-gay marriage law

After only a short time as CEO, Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down. According to Mozilla, Eich is stepping down from his position as CEO at Mozilla due to public criticism after Eich made a 2008 donation supporting California's ban on gay marriage. 

"We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: It's because we haven't stayed true to ourselves," said Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker in a statement.

"We have employees with a wide diversity of views. Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public. This is meant to distinguish Mozilla from most organizations and hold us to a higher standard. But this time we failed to listen, to engage and to be guided by our community."

Many Mozilla employees took to Twitter to complain about Eich's apparent stance on gay marriage, and okCupid even urged a boycott, pushing its users to use other browsers instead. 


[SOURCE: Tech Week Europe]

Eich's $1,000 donation in support of California’s anti-gay marriage law Proposition 8 reportedly came to light last year. He co-founded Mozilla in 1998 and even created the JavaScript programming language. He was appointed to Mozilla CEO only two weeks ago.

“So I don’t want to talk about my personal beliefs because I kept them out of Mozilla all these 15 years we’ve been going,” Eich told The Guardian. “I don’t believe they’re relevant.”

However, Eich decided to step down today since employees and the public remain concerned over his position on the topic, and while Mozilla said this was Eich's decision, the company likely doesn't want to be known as an anti-LGBT company. Not only will this exclude many potential users, but also create a difficult environment for some employees.

Baker said Mozilla will have more information on its plans to replace Eich next week. 

"While painful, the events of the last week show exactly why we need the Web — so all of us can engage freely in the tough conversations we need to make the world better," said Baker.

"We will emerge from this with a renewed understanding and humility — our large, global and diverse community is what makes Mozilla special, and what will help us fulfill our mission."

Sources: Mozilla, re/code





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